As the Coronavirus continies to claim lives worldwide, this week, the Oxford University launched the first human trial for a potential vaccine for the deadly virus.
On Thursday, the first human trial vaccine begun in Oxford, United Kingdom as the first two volunteers of the over 800 recruited for the study were injected.
Vaccine development is usually a long process, usually taking years and decades, and is often unsuccessful. However with new scientific methods and technological advancements, this process has been reduced to a mere months.
The vaccine was developed in under three months by a team at Oxford University. Sarah Gilbert, professor of vaccinology at the Jenner Institute, led the pre-clinical research.
In its first phase, half of 1,112 volunteers will receive the potential vaccine against COVID-19, while the other half will receive a control vaccine to test its safety and efficacy.
All volunteers are aged between 18 and 55, in good health and have not tested positive for the virus.
While this is good news to humanity, Kenyans might not be happy with what comes next.
The Oxford University team tasked with producing the first clinical trial of coronavirus is recommending Africa, Kenya in particular, as one of the places where the United Kingdom should conduct the trials.
Appearing on a UK news program, a person with insights into the Oxford project revealed that the team would consider a trial in Kenya should the UK trials fail to provide ‘early, quick results’.
#UK and #Oxford: If you don’t see results of your test vaccine fast enough, you’ll take it to #Kenya? Why? #Colonialists! Africa is not your lab. Here’s an idea, take it to #Sweden. They’re the ones with a huge country-wide experiment. pic.twitter.com/roQsp9ybIz
— Roseanna Avento (@RosiAvento) April 24, 2020
In a report filled by BBC, the University recommends Kenya due to the fact the cases are growing from lower point gradually.
The last person to propose a trial in Africa was a French doctor, and that was received very badly.
Many high profile Kenyans, including controversial pastor James Ng’ang’a, told him off saying they should first trial on themselves.
Yesterday, Kenya confirmed 17 more coronavirus cases raising the national tally to 320.
The 17 cases are all Kenyans with 12 being from Mombasa County and 2 from Nairobi County.